ERIC Number: EJ813381
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
Prevalence and Risk Factors of Maladaptive Behaviour in Young Children with Autistic Disorder
Hartley, S. L.; Sikora, D. M.; McCoy, R.
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, v52 n10 p819-829 Oct 2008
Background: Children with Autistic Disorder (AD) evidence more co-occurring maladaptive behaviours than their typically developing peers and peers with intellectual disability because of other aetiologies. The present study investigated the prevalence of Clinically Significant maladaptive behaviours during early childhood and identified at-risk subgroups of young children with AD. Method: Parents rated their child's maladaptive behaviours on the Child Behaviour Checklist (CBCL) in 169 children with AD aged 1.5 to 5.8 years. Results: One-third of young children with AD had a CBCL Total Problems score in the Clinically Significant range. The highest percentage of Clinically Significant scores were in the Withdrawal, Attention, and Aggression CBCL syndrome scales. There was a high degree of co-morbidity of Clinically Significant maladaptive behaviours. Several subject characteristic risk factors for maladaptive behaviours were identified. Conclusions: Findings highlight the need to include behavioural management strategies aimed at increasing social engagement, sustained attention and decreasing aggressive behaviour in comprehensive intervention programmes for young children with AD.
Descriptors: Incidence, Autism, Young Children, At Risk Persons, Behavior Problems, Etiology, Check Lists, Antisocial Behavior, Aggression, Behavior Modification, Interpersonal Relationship, Attention Span
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Child Behavior Checklist